Friday, July 22, 2011

Do you agree with this?

Get past the talk about MacBook Pros and Volvos/Jettas you'll read this:

This is not Boston or New York. Houstonians will not come to games for the sheer joy of watching baseball. Houston came close to becoming a baseball town in 2004 and the second half of 2005 when the Astros gave people something to watch. These days, people come to games for two reasons: Either the team is doing well, or people just want to see Pence and Bourn.

We have some thoughts, but would like to see what you think, first.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote that is an idiot...the fanbase that remains IS at the game solely for the love of baseball. There is not an individual on the team that I wake up to come watch play the game.

Broader fan bases are developed through ongoing winning traditions coupled with competent operating decisions. McLane was fine for the first decade but has lost his compass since really before 2005.

Novelty players, pitchers and future HOF'ers will draw crowds above and beyond the regular baseball team fanbase.

Pence? Bourne?...Hey...i like those guys but who on earth is waking up saying..."man...gotta go buy me a ticket and watch Hunter Pence play!" Really?

Anonymous said...

Let me repeat myself more plainly...Hunter Pence is in no way on earth a FRANCHISE player...nice guy...Mr. Hustle...quality player...Franchise?...no way no how...

AstroBrit said...

Don't agree with the term 'pink hat', but I think this is what people are talking about when they use this phrase.

Lose now and lose later, or lose now and win later. Fans' choice....

Cockroach said...

Um. Let's imagine that instead of winning 27 championships, the Yankees had won 0. And let's imagine that six years after making their first & only World Series appearance, the Yankees had stripped their farm system bare in repeated (failed) attempts to return to the playoffs. And let's imagine that the Yankees were now last in the Majors, on pace for their worst-ever season, in limbo between two owners, under orders to cut payroll. And, oh yeah, let's forsake their entire history and move them to the National League while they're down. Let's see how many New Yorkers "come to games for the sheer joy of watching baseball" then.

I don't believe that Houston is a bad baseball town. But there's only so much that any team's fans can take before it's too painful to watch anymore.

Warren said...

The Astros will likely average around 26,000 per game in attendance this year, their worst season in 50 years and miss the playoffs for the fifth year in a row. To get that many people to come out is actually quite good under the circumstances. If you put a team out there that can play .500 baseball you can get 32,000 a game which would put them around 11 or 12 in the major leagues. So from an attendance standpoint only they do pretty well. If the Astros were playing 500 baseball this year they would just be 3 games out.

Anonymous said...

Houston is a Football town. It is amazing to sell out a stadium for a team that hasnt been to the playoffs since 93. If the texans made the playoffs this year people would be exploding in the street from enthusiasm.